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prophaneness and licentiousness which often disgrace the clerical character. These are certainly great evils, and call aloud for redress; and the complaint does not deserve the less attention, because it is presented with some degree of petulance. E.

Lift of THANKSGIVING SERMONS continued : See our laft. No. VIII. Preached at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, London,

before his Majesty and both Houses of Parliament, April 23, 1789, being the Day appointed for a General Thanksgiving. By Beilby, Lord Bishop of London. Published by his Majesty's Command. 4to. pp. 24• is. Rivingtons.

When we consider the importance of the occafion, the grandeur of the audience, and the delicacy of the preacher's situation (the King, to whose character, and late very afflicting circumstances, he mul necessarily allude, being present), we must allow that the Bishop bad a most difficult task. He, however, acquitted himself with perfect foccefs. We do not recollect that we ever heard or perused a fermon with greater satisfaction. The discourse (in brief) is judicious, pious, rational, manly, and elegant. Can more be said IX. The Favour and Proteation of God, an infinite Source of national

Gratitude and Joy. Preached in the Chapel of Golport, April 23, &c. By Richard Bingham, B. A. late Fellow of New College, Oxford. 8vo. 15. Pp. 28. Rivingtons, &c.

Mr. B.'s sentiments are just, properly suited to the occasion, and expressed in easy, flowing language ; though some grave readers may pollably think the ityle of the preacher rather too poetical. X. Preached in the Roman Catholic Chapel at Winchester, -on the

General Thanksgiving, &c. By the Rev. John Milner, M. A. With Notes, biftorical and explanatory, &c. 4to. Is. 6 d. PP. 34 Robinsons, &c.

Mr. Milner has, in this valuable discourse, given to the public, as we apprehend, a very satisfactory vindication of the principles and conduct of the Roman Catholics, as good citizens, and loyal subjects. In proving this, he found himself unavoidably obliged to embark on the curbid sea of controversy,' as he well expreffes it; which having passed, he enters on the more pleasing subject of the particular motives of attachment,' on the part of the British Roman Catholics, to their present Sovereign. In this part of his weilwritten discourse, he expresses himself in the moft becoming and ani. mased terms, as a grateful and affectionate subject of a good and worthy Prince. In a word (for we must not enlarge, in this part of our Catalogue], we cannot but recommend this uncommon publication to the candid perusal of Proteftant readers of every denomination. XI. At Greenwich Church, by the Rev. Andrew Burnaby, D.D.

Vicar, &c. 4to, pp. 20. is. Payne and Son. The preacher applies the doctrine of a particular Providence ta the case of his Majesty's happy recovery ; which, he observes, ' was as instantaneous as was his illness ;' — The inter polition of a parci. colar Providence," he adds; ' was universally felt and adored.' – The

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XII. By Thomas Roskilly, A. B. Vicar of Awliscombe. 4to.

Robinsons.
After a just assertion, that national bleflings demand the tribute of

national gratitude, the author proceeds to make such proper reflecthis tions as the occasion naturally suggefts ; concluding with some prac

tical inferences, and earneft exhortations to loyalty, and every grateful return which a happy nation owes to a mild and salutary goverament. The composition is animated and corre&t. XIII. Causes for observing the late memorable Event by a public and

national Thanksgiving, &c. 8vo. PP. 32. I S. Payne, &c. We are not cold where this anonymous sermon was preached, or whether it was preached at all. The following · Address to the Pub. lic' is prefixed by the Editor :'

• The following discourse was partly composed, and partly extracted from a volume of posthumous Sermons (but little known), by an unbeneficed clergyman of the Bishop of London's diocese ; who, with a wife and five children, and debts onavoidably contracted, co the amount of one hundred pounds, has no dependence whatever, be

fides two curacies, in an obscure part of the country; the one thirty, is the other of twenty-five pounds. The editor hopes, that the above , will be a fufficient apology for the publication of this sermon, on the prefeot occafion.'

Perhaps the suppression of the author's name was suggested by prudence, on account of some political sentiments which it contains'; particularly those where he insists on the imminent danger in which the nation was on the point of being involved (had not his Majesty happily and seasonably recovered) in regard to the settlement of a Regency : a subject, on which the author appears to be, decidedly, a ministerialist. XIV. Preached in Halifax Church-By the Rev. Mr. Pattenson,

Schoolmaster at Rushworth. 4to. pp. 16. Edwards. This discourse, like that which immediately precedes it, is partly political ; and perhaps it was deemed not unuseful to give it much of that cast, as there seems, from some expresions in the sermon, to have been a kind of local propriety in the admonition which is strongly impressed on its hearers, to avoid factious contentions, and little party divisions.- For the rest, we do not commend this performance, as an elaborate or elegant composition. XV. Preached in Commemoration of his Majesty's Restoration to

Health. 8vo. pp. 17. rs. Dilly. Another anonymous production, the unknown author of which afligns his dread of censure,' as his motive for concealing his name. Perhaps there was little occafion for this caution, as the performance is by no means de{titute of merit,-though we do not praise it as a first-rate work of its kind. If it was written by a young minifter, he will probably improve in pulpit compofition.- What denomination of hearers this discourse was calculated for, is not said ; but it seems formed on fçriptural and rational principles; and it turns on good and useful points, suitable to the occafor.

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XVI. Preached before the Society of Protestant Diflenters at Manr

field, by Samuel Catlow. 8vo. pp. 19. 60. Johnson, &c.

After a brief introductory view of public exhibitions of gratitude to Divine Providence for national bleflings, in all countries, Mr. Catlow proceeds to consider the great and signal occasion, which gave birih to his animated discourse, and on which depended the welfare of so many millions of rational beings. Here he introduces much political discussion; and, among other points of information, which, perhaps, were peculiarly acceptable and instructive, to his congregation, he gives a brief sketch of the principles of our ad. mirable constitution of civil government; whence he deduces the infinite consequence, and benefit to these nations, of his Majesty's providential recovery, by which the continuance of such inestimable blessings was so happily secured to us.--The sermon is written in good language, and abounds with warm expressions of the preacher's zeal for the preservation of our civil and religious liberties, as wel! as of his firmi attachment and loyalty to the best of sovereigns- the steady affertor and protector of those liberties.

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SINGLE SERMONS, on various Occasions. I. -- Occasioned by that Branch of the British Commerce which

extends to the Human Species. Preached to a Congregation of Protestant Diflenters in Hull, Jan. 21, 1789. By Joho Bearson. 8vo. pp. 64. 15. Robinsons, &c.

Written with unusual animation, great zeal, and strength of argu. ment, against the species of slavery here alluded to. Mr. Beatroo warmly contends for a total extermination of the Negroe trade,thinking, that seriously to deliberate on a plan for the regulation of injustice and oppression, seems wholly incompatible with every principle of honour and conscience. It is,' be adds, 'degrading to human nature, and shews that the mind is warped from the standard of rectitude.'

For the information of those who have not perused the most corfiderable of the late publications relative to the general state of the trade, the methods of procusing flaves, their treatment on board the ships, at the place of sale, and in the plantations, extracts are given from the writings of Messrs. Clarkson, Ramsay, Newton, Abbé Raynal, &c. The passages are such as will naturally excite horror in the minds of humane and generous readers. II. Faith, Virtue, and Knowlege, the peculiar Duties of the Clergy

Preached at the ordinary Visitation of John Lord Bishop of Bangor, held at St. Peter's, Ruthin, Aug. 12th, 1788. By the Rev. John Walters, M. A. 410. pp. 23.

15. Rivingtons. A warm and well-written panegyric on the Established Church; in which, however, are some passages relative to the Diflenters, that may, possibly, excire a controversy with them.

Br.....W III. On the Duty of Forgiveness, abridged from the late Rev. R.

Need ham, M. A. 2d Edition, 12mo. Pp. 43. 4d. Jonoson. 1788.

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IV. A Sermon against Lying. 12mo. Pp. 27: Johnson. 1788.

The latter of these publications is a short and plain discourse, by the Rev. Mr. Charlesworth, published for the benefit of the poor, and is well adapted to answer the editor's benevolent design. For Mr. Needham's sermon, see Rev. vol. Ixxviii. p. 447.

P V. The Gospel preached by the Apostles, and especially St. Paul: being

a Discourse chiefly drawn from his Writings ; proving, that this great Apostle held, and taught, both particular and general Redemption and Salvation. Delivered at the Chapel in Glasshouse Yard, Aug. 10, 1788. By Elhanan Winchester. 8vo. pp. 38. 6d. Marí m, &c.

The text Galatians, i. 8. The Author tells us, page 11, that he pays no regard to human authority in matters of religion ; that he is a disciple of Christ alone; that both Calvinists and Arminians are sometimes mistaken: that he draws his religious opinions from the fountain of truth, and there he publishes to the world. So far so good. And if this publication tends to make profelytes to liberality of sentiment, the public will be benefited by it.

Br.....W. VI. On the Principle of Vitality in Man, as described in the Holy

Scriptures, and the Difference between true and apparent Death.
Preached in the Parish Church of St. Andrew, Holborn, March 22,
1789, for the Benefit of the Humane Society, by Samuel Lord
Bishop of St. David's. 460. PP. 24. Is. Rivingtons, &c.

The text Ecclesiastes, xii. 7. The learned Bishop has taken no Small pains to prove that the vital principle may remain in a man for some time after all signs of the vegetable life disappear in his body: that what have hitherto passed, even among physicians, for certain signs of a complete death, the rigid limb, the clay-cold skin, the filent pulse, the breathless lip, the livid cheek, the fallen jaw, the pinched noftril, the fixed Itaring eye, are uncertain and equivocal; insomuch, that a human body under all these appearances of death, is in many instances capable of resuscitation. This, he tells us, however contrary to received opinions and current prejudices, is now abundantly confirmed by the success with which providence hath blessed the attempts of this Society for the space of 14 years: which he deems a convincing reason for the liberal support of this most im. portant inftitution.

This ingenious diseourse is well adapted to the audience before whom it was delivered, and which we hope will be the happy means of preserving many more from an untimely grave.

DO VII. Preached before the Governors of the Magdalen Hospital,

London, on Wednesday, May 28, 1788. By the Rev. George Henry Glasse, M. A. Rector of Hanwell, Middlesex, &c. Printed for the Hospital 4to. 17 Pages. 18. Robson and Co.

Mr. Glaffe is peculiarly happy in the choice of his text, Micah, vii. 8, and has shewn good judgment and great sensibility in treating a very delicate and affecting subject. He has painted the unhappy female, and her brutish seducer, in just and lively colours. His address to the audience is manly and polite. The whole discourse does honour both to his head and to his heart.

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. VIII. Preached in the Chapel of the Asylum, on Sunday Morning,

March 29, 1789, by the Rev. Septimus Hodson, M. B. 8vo. pp. 23. 15. Cadell.

In an Address to the Reader, Mr. Hodson declares that he should not have published this very humble compofition,' if he had not been charged with plagiarism; which charge appears to us to be false from this circumstance, viz. that if he had known it to be true, he would not have called on his accusers to have proved their accusation. The text is Proverbs, xxii. 6. from which passage, Mr. H. considers the duty of parents in three points of view, either as it is taught us by nature or as it has been constituted by the customs of nations or commanded us by the revealed will of God.-His observations and reflections under each of thela heads are pertinent and ingenious. The phrase train up a child, &c. is considered by him as implying, giving him an early religious education-under the inAuence of a pious and virtuoos example. We recommend this senfible and pathetic discourse, not only to parents, but to children, as worthy the serious attention of both.

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IX. The Rije, Progress, and Effects of Sunday Schools, confidered.

Preached at Taunton, March 28, 1789. By Joshua Toulmin,
M. A. 8vo. pp. 28. Johnson.

The text on which this discourse is founded, is 1 Kings, xvïïi. 44. which Mr. T. illustrates by the rise and progress of Christianity,--by the origin and increase of its corruptions, -- by the history of the Reformation, and by the commencement and progress of religion in the soul ;-applying the whole to the subject of Sunday schools, and ex. prefling his aftonishment at the magnitude to which this scheme of disciplining and instructing the children of the poor has arisen. Mr. Toulmin pleads, in the most forcible manner, for the support of this pious inftitution; and concludes his excellent sermon with a pathetic address to the benefactors, the teachers, and the children.

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CORRESPONDENCE. *** A Young Reader' was charged at the Post-office, although pot paid' was written under the address. This circumstance is mepmoned, as it may lead to a detection of an unfaithful servant. For the rest, suffice it to say, that we have frequently declared our with to put a stop to such troublesome inquiries ; our time is too precious to be lavished on anonymous correspondents, who can have no right to impose such taxes on us. We have no leisure for the juvenile amusement of Questions and commands.

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